William Stanek here, talking about a scripting/programming bug that is driving me absolutely bonkers. The code bug is this:
Often when you visit web sites and are using Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7, you are redirected to a web page optimized for mobile browsers—and mobile browser pages aren’t exactly what I call user-friendly. Most mobile browser pages provide only summary information, which is nothing like what you actually searching for.
Here are examples:
- Visit www.etrade.com and get redirected to wireless.etrade.com
- Visit www.intel.com and get redirected to m.intel.com
- Visit www.sony.com and get redirected to m.sony.com
Good luck finding anything on these mobile sites…except for frustration.
In some cases, there are workarounds for the problem. For example, if you visit us.etrade.com, you don’t have this problem.
Webmasters reading this: Check your sites if you are redirecting browsers based on the browser type. The bug may be in the parsing algorithm for the USER_AGENT or elsewhere. The easiest way to test and determine if your sites are affected is to browse your site using IE8 running on 64-bit Windows 7.
For everyone else: Let’s hope the code gets fixed soon as I really would like to visit my favorite web sites—and you probably do too.
Thanks for reading; time for me to get back to work! Hope you’ll take a look at my new book, Windows 7: The Definitive Guide. Also just released is my book Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant.
William R. Stanek
williamstanek at aol dot com